Accidental Astronauts

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Wonder Women vs the Taliban

by Melvin Brinkley

Array


One Young Soldier

by Jack Tompkins

sketch


I Walked Alone

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


Under the Flag

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


Answering the Call

by Daniel Allen

Poem


An Encounter at the VA Hospital

By John Swainston, Army

Writing Type: Poem

 By John L. Swainston

VA Medical Center--Kansas City, MO                       

 

Today I went to the VA Medical Center for a Consult.

In the waiting room half the chairs were covered.

Social distancing.

 

I looked around for a place to stand and saw him.

His cover: 25th Infantry Division.

Tropic Lighting–the Electric Strawberry.

I walked over, asked if it was okay to talk.

 

“Sure.”

I told him that I had served with the 114th MI Detachment.

A Reserve Round-out to the 25th when I lived in Hawaii.

We talked.

A few minutes later I looked at his cover again:

 

Combat Infantryman Badge.

Bronze Star with V.

Two Purple Hearts.

 

He told me that he was in Vietnam 1968--69.

I did not ask, trying to be polite, but he told me:

“Yup, shot twice, once in the leg and then in the left shoulder,

 above the heart, lucky that day.”

 

George was a: Negro, African American, Black American,

Black and some called him "N."

NO.

He was none of those.

George was--

 

A true American hero.

 


Accidental Astronauts

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Remembering the War

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


God's Touch of Sunshine

by Gene Groner

Photograph


Lorenzo

by Tanya Whitney

Prose


Mount Surabachi

by Jeffrey Saarela

Oil Painting


Relapse? Reset!

by Jennifer Graf

Poem